VIP and Canyon Springs High School Host Event to Meet Your District Court Judges
By Andre’ Haynes
Las Vegas Informer
On Saturday, August 17, 2013, Veterans In Politics and Canyon Springs High School produced the Inaugural ‘Meet Your District Court Judges’ event at Canyon Springs High School.
Over 30 District Court Judges from the Civil/Criminal and Family departments appeared and supported this event. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson and Clark County Public Defender Phil Kohn were moderators. Each Judge was given a few minutes to introduce themselves and answered questions provided by students and audience members.
The event began by North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee welcoming everyone to North Las Vegas, Canyon Springs High School Principal Ron Guerzon welcoming everyone to his school and Clark County School District Trustee, Dr. Linda Young thanking everyone in attendance on behalf of her constituents. Nellis Air Force Honor Guard presented the American flag, Alana Lee sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and Pastor Michael Haynes gave the invocation.
After the event concluded, Steve Sanson, President of Veterans In Politics International, Inc., shared his thoughts about this endeavor with the Las Vegas Informer.
Judge Timothy Williams
How does it feel to make Nevada history by hosting the first ever public judicial event like this?
This was a team effort and it was made possible and successful with the cooperation of the Clark County School Board, Canyon Springs High School and the Clark County Judicial System. Also I would like to acknowledge support from the members of Veterans In Politics International.
What inspired you to create the ‘Judge Shadowing Program’?
We need young minds with fresh perspectives involved in the judicial system. If we get the students involved we will have the parents and teachers as well. Parents and teachers need to know who these judges are before they vote and students need to know how our judicial system works. A partnership between our Judicial System and the Clark County School District will create transparency. We would also like to promote Canyon Springs High School’s Law Program in hopes of getting more students involved.
Describe the community response that you have received about this event?
Everybody loves the idea for the first time in Nevada History that all 52 Clark County District Court Judges are up for re-election; for the first time outside the Regional Justice Center we are having 35 District Court Judges along with the Clark County District Attorney and Public Defender under one roof. On Facebook alone we had hundreds of people acknowledge and comment about this event. We look forward to creating a partnership between our government and the people of Clark County and promoting transparency.
Judge Elissa Cadish
Who are some supporters?
Canyon Springs Principal, Ron Guerzon
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson
Clark County Public Defender Phil Kohn
Clark County School Board Trustee, Dr. Linda Young
Karen Steelmon from Veterans In Politics International
Nellis Air Force Honor Guard
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee
Pastor Michael Haynes
Who are your sponsors?
Andre Lagomarsino, Esq.
Brooks Brothers Bail Bonds
Cohen and Padda – Attorneys at Law
Craig Mueller, Esq.
Endeavor Media Group
Judge Gloria O’Malley
Judge James Bixler
Nevada Judicial Watch
Richard Scotti, Esq.
Ron Q. Foundation
Share some advice with Las Vegans desiring to enter the legal profession.
Be careful who you associate with and volunteer your services, get involved in the community and make a positive change.
Judge Kerry Earley
Your organization generally works with veterans. Why lately have you started benefitting civilians and the community at large?
We all live in this community together and when an active duty veteran is deployed to another country they help the less fortunate in that particular country. We as residents including civilians and veterans owe it to our soldiers to do the same in our country. Once soldiers take off their uniform, the only way to survive is by helping each other.
According to statistics over 70 percent of Clark County residents will appear before a judge as a Plaintiff or Defendant once in their lifetime. Even I, like many others have once said that I will never stand before a judge and felt that it was unimportant to learn about the incumbents and candidates running in the election race. However personal experience, testimony from others and statistics have inspired me to now think otherwise. Every area of a person’s life is impacted by decisions made by judges. Family Court Judges make life-changing decisions about adoption, child custody and support, divorce, emancipation, foster care, guardianships of person and estate, legal name changes and so on. Civil/Criminal Court Judges make life-changing decisions about construction defect lawsuits, DUIs (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol and both), First Amendment lawsuits, home foreclosures and evictions, landlord/tenant disputes, parole and probation violations, small claims lawsuits, taxes and more. Clark County Judges influence stems very far from Las Vegas to Laughlin to Boulder City and to Jean/Primm to Mesquite. District Court Judges earn an average of $200,000.00 annually.
Major media coverage was provided by FOX News Channel 3, KTNV Channel 13 and the Las Vegas Informer newspaper.
The second annual next ‘Meet the District Court Judges’ event promises to be exciting and jam packed. For information including sponsorships and volunteering for Veterans In Politics contact Steve Sanson by calling 702.283.8088 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact contributor Andre’ Haynes at email@example.com or 702.305.0973.
Andre’ Haynes is a radio personality, newspaper columnist and publicist. Haynes co-host the “Veterans In Politics” radio talk-show, writes column “Andre’ Talks Endeavors” and regularly contributes to the Las Vegas Informer newspaper. Since 2011 he has managed Endeavor Media Group, a Las Vegas public relations agency specializing in A&E, Politics and Sports with an expertise in events and media.